If you haven’t asked your friend, co-worker or COVID crush precisely what time they were born so you could figure out their rising sign, who even are you?
If you're trying to suss out what the rest of 2021 has in store—honestly, same. We’re furiously reading up on astrology basics for a hint of what's to come, whether we'll ever reach a new sort of normal, and in doing so, score that promotion at work, find our soulmate and fumble our way through the next retrograde.
To help you become a zodiac master, we’ve rounded up the best astrology books for you to check out.
Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me, And How We All Get Along | T. Greenaway & Jessica Lanyadoo
Price: $32.99 $26.25
Penned by one of our favourite astrologers Jessica Lanyadoo, there isn’t much this legend—who has 26 years experience—can’t do, which means anything written by her is a must read. In her book, she offers up a modern, practical guide on how to navigate relationships. Full of real talk about attraction, dating, sex, frenemies, self-love, and how to deal with family, this book is the ultimate guide to living your best life.
You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance | Chani Nicholas
Price: $22.99 $19.80
If you’re not following astrologer and New York Times best-seller Chani Nicholas on Instagram, are you even really an astrology fan? You Were Born for This shows you how to take control of your life through the stars. Nicholas will teach you how to confront your emotions, supercharge your intentions and how to use astrology to reach your true and full potential. We like the sound of that.
The Complete Guide to Astrology Understanding Yourself, Your Signs, And Your Birth Chart | Louise Edington
A good one for beginners, this book is ideal for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of astrology. You’ll kick it off with the basic elements of astrology like the signs, modalities, and houses before moving on to learn how these factor specifically into your own birth chart. From there, you can navigate how you can live your best life in all aspects.
The Astrology Of You And Me | Gary Goldschneider and Camille Chew
Aside from being an incredibly pretty coffee table book, this epic astrology tome will act as a beginner’s guide to how each and every star sign interact with each other. Crushing on a Virgo? Fighting with your Gemini sister or struggling to connect with your Leo boss? This book will give you guidance and problem-solving solutions for every star-crossed situation you can think of.
Astrology For The Soul | Jan Spiller
If you ever wanted to sit down with a world-famous astrologer and learn all her secrets, now is your chance. Renowned spiritual astrologer Spiller will show you the key to discovering your hidden talents, your deepest desires and the ways you can avoid negative influences that may distract you from achieving your true life purpose. This astrology book will teach you how to hone in on your astrological chart and show you everything from who can be your soul mate to healing affirmations to help you release positive energy.
The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need | Joanna Martine Woolfolk
Ok so it’s a big claim, but as the title suggests this astrology book really does do it all. Perfect for beginners looking to learn more about astrology, this read is packed with info on everything from sun, moon and ascending signs to the placement of planets in your houses. It also has compatibility between every sign (a whooping 144 combinations) to reveal advice about health, money, lifestyle and of course the big one—romance. This book also delves into the history and mythology behind astrology, so you can become an all-round zodiac buff.
Star Power | Vanessa Montgomery
Professional astrologer Vanessa Montgomery is all about guiding you to become a modern mystic. In her astrology book Star Power, she’ll teach you how to read your own birth chart, from unlocking the meaning of your own sign, to decoding the houses, elements and transits. Breaking down each sign you’ll gain a better understanding of your traits—including surviving the pitfalls of your sign—and even get a little celebrity influence along the way. It also contains a compatibility section, so you and your mates can work out what star sign your next crush should be.
Seeing Stars | Stella Andromeda
If you’re not interested in the whole zodiac and would rather just focus on your own sign—no shade—this little number is for you. Andromeda, who has been studying astrology for over 30 years, has crafted 12 books, each championing a different star sign. Whether you’re a classic Cancer or a typical Taurus, she’ll help you figure out who you’re going to fall in love with next, what job you should really be in, and most importantly, how to survive that damn Mercury retrograde.
The Little Book Of Astrology | Marion Williamson
This pretty hardcover astrology book gets points alone for its stylish design, but even better, it’s actually a really insightful read too. Despite its name, there’s nothing little about the amount of info packed into this one. Broken up into the different signs, Williamson will show you how to interpret the cosmos, not only day to day but into your future as well. This book will shine a light on how the stars can reveal a deeper understanding of yourself and others.
The Astrology Of Love And Sex | Annabel Gat
This astrology book is the ultimate guide to navigating love and astrology in the modern world with a fun, fresh layout. Taking a traditional match-making approach, Gat uses her extensive knowledge of the stars and today’s app-swiping dating culture to create a personalised love guide. Split up into 12 chapters—one for each of the zodiac signs–Gat will cover your flirting techniques, sexual turn-ons and turn-offs, and dating style. The book also covers all the compatibility of other signs and includes a quiz to help to find your true zodiac love match.
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